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Jehan Ashmore

Jehan Ashmore

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Jehan Ashmore is a marine correspondent, researcher and photographer, specialising in Irish ports, shipping and the ferry sector serving the UK and directly to mainland Europe. Jehan also occasionally writes a column, 'Maritime' Dalkey for the (Dalkey Community Council Newsletter) in addition to contributing to UK marine periodicals. 

A Viking Splash tour amphibious vehicle 'Duk' sails around Dublin’s Grand Canal Dock (as above in Afloat 's photo) with the backdrop of the 'Docklands' quarter.
Operator Viking Splash Tours faces liquidation later this month but its owners hope buyers will offer the business a lifeline. The amphibious-vehicle tour of Dublin, which culminates in a trip on the Grand Canal Basin in the 'docklands', has not…
Above Naval Service's OPV90 LÉ William Butler Yeats: Michael O'Sullivan, the executive director of the EU Maritime Analysis and Operations Centre — Narcotics (MAOC-N), said Europe will be 'flying blind' if the Irish Naval Service and the Air Corps do not deploy their ships and their planes to track vessels.
A top level EU official has informed the Naval Service of a warning that it faces a “game-changer” in drug trafficking with the use by cartels of “narco submarines” to transport narcotics into Europe. Michael O’Sullivan said the first-ever discovery in…
Dublin Port remains the main Irish port for passengers, accounting for 96.6% of all journeys in the second quarter of 2020. Above at the port Afloat adds are rival operators at adjoining ferry terminals.
Ferry passenger numbers travelling through Irish ports fell by 88.3% during the height of the Covid-19 lockdown earlier this year. According to the Central Statistics Office's Statistics of Port Traffic published yesterday, 88,000 people travelled through Irish ports in the…
Annaleena Mäkilä is the new chair of ESPO where the position was previously held by Irishman, Eamonn O’Reilly, chief executive of the Dublin Port Company
A Finnish woman has unanimously been elected as Chair following a vote of the European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO)'s General Assembly in Brussels, Belgium today. Annaleena Mäkilä has been the Managing Director, CEO of the Finnish Ports Association since 2012.…
As part of the '2020 Environmental Report' published today is the above list of the top 10 environmental priorities for 2020!
The European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) presented its fifth annual Environmental Report during a dedicated Webinar held today. The ESPO Environmental Report 2020 includes more than 60 different environmental performance benchmarks, such as the Top 10 Environmental Priorities of the…
EU-UK border checks from January mean that transport companies and hauliers face delays at British ports on the Irish Sea (ferry above) and English Channel, potentially disrupting the fastest and cheapest transit route currently between Ireland and mainland Europe.
Companies in the shipping industry, reports The Irish Times, will respond to “unanswered demand” for more direct ferry services to mainland Europe if Brexit congests the key UK “landbridge” route, the State’s maritime development agency said. Hauliers have said the…
Minister of Defence Simon Coveney has denied that political pressure is being applied to the Naval Service to keep vessels deployed. Above LÉ Ciara (P42) AFLOAT adds during a Maritime Defence & Security Operations patrol that took place in recent weeks.
Minister of Defence Simon Coveney has denied political pressure is being applied to the Naval Service to keep vessels deployed, despite staff shortages that are alleged to make them unsafe. As reports, the dwindling numbers of staff in our…
The Irish south-east Port of Waterford reported a busy 2020 and is exploring service to northern France. Above AFLOAT adds is the port's main (container) terminal at Belview located downriver of Waterford City.
In the south-east Port of Waterford there has seen increased traffic through the port's main container terminal at Belview this year. In the 10 months to 31 October, WaterfordLive writes, that the port handled 19,576 containers, an increase of 11%…
Friends of the Irish Environment (FIE) had in 2018 initiated its judicial review challenge to the extension of permission for the terminal, which includes four large tanks, jetties to receive ships, and associated works, at Kilcolgan, near Tarbert in north Kerry.
Formal orders by the High Court have been made in overturning An Bord Pleanála’s extension of planning permission for the Shannon LNG controversial gas terminal. Mr Justice Garrett Simons made the orders on Monday arising from a recent decision of…
Dublin Array: Likely view from Dún Laoghaire towards Sandycove and out towards the Kish Bank.
Developers propose for outer Dublin Bay of a large offshore wind farm costing €1.5 billion, which would stretch south beyond Bray Head, have taken the unusual step of initiating public consultation in advance of completing a planning application. German energy…
Around 150,000 trucks use the British landbridge, which is regarded as the fastest means of transporting goods by truck to the main European markets. Above Afloat adds a ferry departs Dublin Port bound for Holyhead, the UK's second busiest ferryport after Dover.
In Ireland a leading freight organisation has questioned a new government report which suggests that there is sufficient alternative capacity on continental shipping routes in the event of major delays at British ports following Brexit.  As Afloat reported on Friday,…
While lorries entering UK from Ireland will not face checks until July of next year, the same checks will be introduced from January 1 on traffic travelling from UK into Ireland. Above AFLOAT adds un-accompanied truck-trailers towed during disembarkation at the south Wales ferry port of Pembroke in Milford Haven. Note the two-tier linkspan serving Irish Ferries 122 freight unit capacity cruiseferry Isle of Inishmore operating on the Rosslare route.
In Welsh ferry-ports where there is a lack of investment is likely to result in largescale hold-ups for vehicles crossing from Britain. Hundreds of trucks crossing from Britain to Ireland every day could face major traffic hold-ups from January 1st…
The new chair of Interferry is Christophe Mathieu, Brittany Ferries CEO. AFLOAT adds this afternoon (16.00hrs) the operator's flagship cruiseferry Pont-Aven (above off Cobh, Cork Harbour) is to make a final end of 'season' sailing of the Ireland -France route of Cork-Roscoff, however their year-round Ireland-Spain service of Rosslare-Bilbao continues.
The trade association representing the worldwide ferry industry, Interferry has announced Brittany Ferries CEO Christophe Mathieu as the new chair of its board of directors. According to LloydsLoadingList, he was elected at the association’s annual general meeting earlier this week…
WW1 veteran battle-cruiser HMS Caroline, which like many attractions, has been closed to stop the spread of coronavirus during the pandemic.
Belfast Harbour based HMS Caroline museum has won a reprieve following months of uncertainty over its future. The Battle of Jutland veteran vessel turned tourist attraction faced a major loss of income after closing during lockdown. The National Museum of…
TD Verona Murphy said she has been approached by drivers who have made the claims.
Ferry operators are denying claims truck drivers have to share cabins with people they do not know. Wexford TD Verona Murphy, former president of the Irish Road Haulage Association, said she has been approached by drivers who have made the claims.…
Cameroon-flagged cargoship Sheksna seen arriving at the Port of Sligo mid-October has today been lifted of its impoundment by authorities and ends the incident for the crew.
A Cameroon-flagged cargoship at the Port of Sligo that was detained following Afloat's coverage of the ship's arrival more than two weeks ago to the north-west port has been released from impoundment today, writes Jehan Ashmore. According to the Paris MoU,…
ESPO welcomes Karima Delli's Chair of the TRAN committee's recommendations on the key role of sea #ports, the importance of short sea shipping and the need for a strong CEF to decarbonise the sector.
The European Parliament Transport and Tourism Committee (TRAN) today will discuss the draft own-initiative report on technical and operational measures for more efficient and cleaner maritime transport. The aim of MEP Karima Delli, Chair of the TRAN committee and rapporteur…
Covid-19 illness and retention crisis curbing crew members and operation of navy vessels. Above LÉ Eithne AFLOAT adds when stationed in Cork City quays earlier this year to support the HSE during the first lock-down. The flagship is one of two vessels currently tied up (at the Haulbowline Naval Base) due to manpower shortages.
Crew rostering of the Naval Service now have to frequently postpone seagoing missions due to its chronic manpower shortage and the effects of Covid-19. Within the last year the service’s six operational ships have been regularly operating with close to…
The affected crew member is from the ropax Stena Horizon AFLOAT adds is serving as a relief ferry on the Dublin-Holyhead (above off the Welsh port's breakwater).  All 'close contacts' have also been advised to self-isolate and get a Covid-19 test.
An Irish Sea ferry crew member from Stena Line is self-isolating after testing positive for coronavirus. Company bosses said the worker had no symptoms when they left the Stena Horizon on Wednesday, but later tested positive for Covid-19. The ropax…
IMDO has published its Shipping Report for period Q2 of 2020 which outlines trends within Ireland’s shipping industry and how its refleccts the wider economy. The most impacted shipping sector caused by Covid-19 has been the Ferry Sector. Above Rosslare Europort, the nearest Irish port to continental mainland Europe.
The Irish Maritime Development Office (IMDO) has published its iShips Index of its Quarterly Shipping Report for the period Q2 of 2020 which covers and outlines trends within Ireland’s shipping industry, and as a result, the wider economy. Below Afloat…
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